In "Cars 2" John Lassiter and company threw Lightning and the gang into another sort of film genre entirely, a James Bond universe where cars got tortured and killed (yeah, terrific idea) and where international terrorism and insidious corporate malfeasance involved bomb threats in world capitals. "Cars 3" tries, and partly succeeds, in taking it back to basics. The script credited to Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson and Mike Rich keeps the stakes simple and the focus on getting Lightning back into the winner's circle, on his own terms. With the addition of the female co-star, Cruz, one would assume the film's a little less boy-centric than its predecessors. And it is, though it's genuinely disheartening to realize that in 2017 the whole "What? We're letting a GIRL race, too?" routine is even considered dramatically necessary.